I wrote my second examiner.com piece, you can read it here.
This time around, I wrote on the recent name change of the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s secular student group. The “Birmingham Freethought Society”, as it was formerly called, has been around for bloody forever. The group dates back to the mid-90s, so essentially they were a secular student group way before it was cool.
Recently, the group decided to adopt the name and image of the Secular Student Alliance. I can’t blame them, the SSA has a pretty wicked branded affiliate program. Still, it was clearly not an easy decision to make. I know I’ve never pushed for AAA to change their name over to SSA, primarily because of my recurring nightmare:
But, in the case of BFS’s switch over to SSA@UAB, I think it will do them some good. The new name and new look may very well bring some new eyes and some new energy to the group. They already make a habit of hosting regular debates and events, a number of which I have attended. A new look and some more social/activism stuffs, and they’ll be good to go. I know I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with for next year, because judging from their facebook group they are antsy and ready to go.
Best of luck to the Secular Student Alliance at UAB. I’m sure they are going to keep on rockin’ for another 15 years.